St John’s Primary School Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch up premium


What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium?


“Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.

The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.

Although all children have had their education disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been hardest hit. That is why, alongside the universal catch-up premium, we are launching a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help.”

School should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils catch up for lost teaching over the previous months in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year. School have the flexibility to spend the funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances. The Education Endowment Foundation guide has been published (coronavirus support guide for schools) and St John’s will use these evidence based approaches to help us decide on the most effective way to direct this funding.


St John’s Primary School Catch up funding strategy 

We support all our pupils by providing high quality classroom teaching supplemented by interventions (academic and other) to support vulnerable learners when required.


We will:

  • Support teachers to provide quality first teaching.
  • Carry out standardised assessments to identify gaps in learning.
  • Assess pupils’ wellbeing and plan to support those who need it.
  • Structured small group intervention programmes, including for emotional needs.
  • Support for parents and carers.



At St John’s we are receiving £3,300 in catch up funding for the academic year 2021-22 and have also received £2,200 in top up funding to pay for our own school led tutoring.

We are using our funding to provide tutoring for our 30 Pupil Premium children led by qualified teachers.  The children will receive 15 hours of tutoring throughout the year, either one to one or in small groups, carefully targeted to address their individual learning gaps.